Cookies are bits of website code that perform a range of functions for you, 'the user' and us, 'the website'. These functions include telling us how many people visited in a day, and which pages they visited. They also let us know when you have visited so that we only display messages, like the one that pointed you to this page, when they’re necessary.
You can find a technical explanation of cookies from Wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_cookie
1. Our 'session' cookie, [called PHPSESSID].
This remembers your 'session' which means your language and location preference.
THIS DATA IS ANONYMOUS, AND WE DON'T SHARE ANY ELEMENT OF IT WITH THIRD PARTIES
2. Our 'analytics' cookies from Google Analytics [called _utma, _utmb, _utmc, & _utmz].
These are industry standard cookies which allow us to see how people are using the site. Our aim is to understand which sections of the site you find most useful and to keep the content up to date.
THIS DATA IS ANONYMOUS, ONLY ACCESSIBLE SECURELY TO US THROUGH THE 'GOOGLE ANALYTICS' DASHBOARD AND WE DON'T SHARE ANY ELEMENT OF IT WITH THIRD PARTIES
3. Social media cookies.
When you choose to share one of our news stories, via social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and others, these services will install a cookie on your machine which enables them to tell if you are logged into their service and are able to share our content via that site.
The cookies vary depending on which sharing methods or social networks that you use but they don't store personal data.
THIS DATA IS ANONYMOUS AND WE DON'T SHARE ANY ELEMENT OF IT WITH ANY THIRD PARTIES
Each web browser differs slightly in how you can edit your privacy settings or delete cookies. This web page has simple guides on how to do this: http://www.pcworld.com/article/242939/how_to_delete_cookies.html
If you choose to remove the cookies, you may find that your browsing experience will be less efficient as you may have to re-login to services like social media each time you visit.